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Deleting mails on POP account

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by piannetta, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. piannetta

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    Hi, I have a POP mail account pretty standard with my ISP. My home PC is where I keep those mails so when I load up Outlook and download the mails, the mails are no longer on the server.

    On my previous WinMo device, whilst I was away from my home PC, it would download mails and keep them on my device UNTIL I got home, opened Outlook and downloaded mails, and then, on my device the next sync would clear those mails from the device. Nice and neat.

    Since moving to Android recently, a niggling thing for me has been that no matter what I do from my home PC, mails never seem to disappear from my device until the number of retention days is met.

    I've looked at the settings over and over and can't see anything to lead me to replicating how it worked on my WinMo device. I have no need to keep emails on my device once they're downloaded at home, am I missing something or is this just the way it is?

    I know iPhone does it this way also and it really annoyed me for the very short time I had one. Hoping someone can help please.

    Pete
     

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    Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone can please help me with this or is this just the way it works?

    Cheers,
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    This is the way pop works. Why not use imap settings instead as this works the way you want and saves you having to delete emails twice.
     
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    It works the way you describe for me. Collect mail on Desire during day. Get home, download to PC (Thunderbird but that shouldn't make any difference), sync Desire. Mail disappears from Desire.

    Are you sure your PC is deleting mails from the server?
     
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    Sorry, I have to disagree. On my WinMo device I was not seeing this behaviour, and it was the same POP account
     
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    Really? Wow, OK, that's hopeful.

    I've just logged into Outlook on my PC, mail received, then I logged onto the server using my webmail login and all the mail that was there is now gone. So yes, it's removing the mail from the server.

    Can I ask what your retention settings are on your device?
     
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    Same here, the email on my desire is removed after I download it at home using Windows Mail. It does this 'out of the box' and I never changed any settings except polling interval.
     
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    Download options; By days: 3 days
    Delete mail on server: unchecked
     
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    Same for me except I have the delete on server checked, but I wouldn't see why unchecking this would not produce the behaviour I was expecting. This has me stumped!
     
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